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What Firefighting, Body Building and Writing Have in Common

Posted on · Throughout the summer months, Houston Matters is dedicating time each week to books about Greater Houston, set in Greater Houston or written or edited by Houstonians. Our summer reading series concludes today with Chris Cander. Her latest novel is called Whisper Hollow, but before she was a writer, she led several different lives. She worked […]

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Summer Reading: The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster

Posted on · Throughout the summer months, Houston Matters is dedicating time each week to books about Greater Houston, set in Greater Houston or written or edited by Houstonians. Our summer reading series continues today with Houston native Scott Wilbanks. He tells Michael Hagerty about his debut novel, The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster.  The novel employs  magical realism […]

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Summer Reading: A Dictionary of All Things Houston

Posted on · Throughout the summer months, Houston Matters is dedicating time each week to books about Greater Houston, set in Greater Houston or written or edited by Houstonians. Our summer reading series continues today with James Glassman, a fifth-generation Houstonian, founder of the preservation group Houstorian, and author of The Houstorian Dictionary: An Insider’s Index to Houston. Glassman talks […]

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METRO Light Rail Safety and Road Rage: Tuesday’s Show (Aug. 4, 2015)

Posted on · In June, METRO investigated 17 accidents involving its light rail lines. The accidents involved cars, pedestrians and a bike. Two pedestrians were killed. Those 17 incidents were the most crashes in any month since the agency began rail service in 2004. And while a one-month spike is probably a classic definition of a small sample […]

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Summer Reading: Short Stories Tackle Everything from Racial Identity to Fast Food

Posted on · Throughout the summer months, Houston Matters is dedicating time each week to books about Greater Houston, set in Greater Houston or written or edited by Houstonians. Our summer reading series continues today with Tom Williams, author of a collection of short stories called Among the Wild Mulattos and Other Tales. Williams earned his Ph.D. in Literature […]

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Making Houston More Bike Friendly: Tuesday’s Show (July 7, 2015)

Posted on · A couple weeks back, cyclists staged a “die-in” outside Houston’s City Hall, to send a message to the City Council that cyclists need safer roads and that motorists need to be held accountable for bike-related accidents, especially in light of four bicycle-related fatalities that occurred over a recent three-week period. The demonstration outside City Hall […]

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Summer Reading: Former Astro J.R. Richard’s Story of Redemption

Posted on · We all experience peaks and valleys in our lives. Great accomplishments, health scares, personal milestones, economic woes. Some years you’re up, others you’re down. But you’d be hard-pressed to find many Houstonians who have been on a rollercoaster ride to match J.R. Richard, a mainstay in the Houston Astros rotation throughout the 1970s and one […]

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Oversight of City Jails and J.R. Richard: Tuesday’s Show (June 30, 2015)

Posted on · We all experience peaks and valleys in our lives. Great accomplishments, health scares, personal milestones, economic woes; some years you’re up, others you’re down. But you’d be hard-pressed to find many Houstonians who have been on a roller coaster ride to match J.R. Richard, a mainstay in the Houston Astros rotation throughout the 1970s, and […]

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Summer Reading: Children’s Book Helps Kids Deal with a Loved One’s Dementia

Posted on · We continue our summer reading series today as we talk with Houstonian Toby Haberkorn, author of When My Grammy Forgets, I Remember. It’s a children’s book designed to help kids and their parents talk about and understand what happens when a grandparent develops dementia. With the increasing numbers of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and other […]

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Extreme Heat, Texas Black Expo and Fluoride: Tuesday’s Show (June 9, 2015)

Posted on · The consequences of Greater Houston’s population growth have been well documented – from its effect on traffic, to housing, to urban development. But it also could have another effect – it could be making this an even hotter place to live in coming decades, according to ongoing research using Houston as a predictor of what’s […]